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If the cops kick down your door

Your rights, the reality, and building a struggle against police terror in our communities By an anonymous contributor The following contribution comes from someone who BASICS knows to be quite  knowledgeable about how police raids are conducted.  This person asked to remain anonymous. Please note that this article, though it touches on issues relating to

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The emergence of the neoliberal containment state in Canada

by Aiyanas Ormond Reproduced with permission from author and The Mainlander: Vancouver’s Place for Progressive Politics AUTHOR’S NOTE | This article emerges from 5 years of working as a community organizer for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Thank you to the VANDU Board for allowing me to lean on their community organizing work and

Monday, June 16th, residents and community organizations held a press conference to demand an end to police sweeps in the Downtown East.  Photo from OCAP.

Impending Police Sweep of Downtown East an Attack on a Poor Community

Between June 16 and September 8, 2014 the area between Wellesley to Shuter, and Church to Parliament in the east end of downtown will be the focus of an ongoing police sweep, led by 51 Division and involving dozens of officers and organized under the auspices of the Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). They are

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“Say NO to Bill C-10″ – Founding statement of the Coalition Against Bill C-10

This statement was signed by the Anti-Colonial Committee of the Law Union of Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, the BASICS Community News Service, the Two Row Society, and the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903.  Organizations in agreement with this statement and interested in joining

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Terror in Dixon: Behind the Rob Ford Scandal

‘Project Traveller’ and the struggle to defend our communities By: Kabir Joshi-Vijayan Rob Ford might be the most (in)famous politician in Canadian history. Every other week a new intoxicated blunder is revealed while the entire local political establishment tries to force his resignation. Despite the hundreds of hours of sensational reporting, the story is actually

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